Luis Severino has by no means been shy about how he feels.
The Yankees’ oft-injured starter typically mixes a direct method and dry humorousness when answering questions, particularly after they’re about his rehab timelines. That blunt honesty makes Severino a robust quote — and plausible when he states that he desires to spend his whole profession in pinstripes.
“This is the only team that I know,” Severino, an impending free agent, advised the Daily News. “I would love to be here the rest of my life.”
The right-hander stated that Monday, a day after he expressed frustration over how, in his opinion, the Yankees have slow-played his restoration from a low-grade lat pressure suffered on the finish of spring coaching. He hoped the harm would solely trigger him to overlook three or 4 begins.
On Sunday, Severino stated it was “unnecessary” for him to throw a simulated sport final Friday earlier than starting a rehab project this week, and he made a number of one-liners that not-so-subtly hinted at his dissatisfaction. But he added, “I know they want the best for me.”
Severino was much more agitated final season when a lat pressure in the end transferred him to the 60-day injured listing, a delay he didn’t anticipate or recognize. The Yankees, citing Severino’s harm historical past, additionally prevented him from pitching within the World Baseball Classic in March.
All of that has led some to marvel if Severino and the Yankees are destined for a divorce this offseason.
But Severino insisted there aren’t any dots to attach, neither is there any dangerous blood.
“I love the Yankees,” he stated. “Just been having some miscommunication with some training staff and the people that make the decisions about where to start with all my pitches and all that.”
He added that his remarks “have nothing to do with” his general opinion of the group. When he takes situation with a sluggish rehab schedule, he stated it’s only a matter of him itching to pitch — not some lingering grudge he plans on holding in opposition to the membership.
Aaron Boone interpreted Severino’s most up-to-date displeasure the identical means whereas noting that the pitcher’s previous has influenced conservative timetables, although the Yankees usually take that method with rehabbing hurlers.
“He wants to pitch,” Boone stated Sunday. “He desires to get again right here. He desires to get within the rotation. He feels good. So I simply take a look at it as a competitor desirous to go.
“We want healthy Luis Severino back in our rotation impacting us. We’re all looking forward to that.”
Of course, there’s all the time the prospect that Severino is hiding his true emotions, as saying he has no real interest in remaining a Yankee would take away a few of his already-limited leverage this winter. And there’s additionally the chance that the Yankees gained’t be fascinated with re-upping with the fireballer given his harm historical past.
Severino has pitched in simply 26 video games since 2019, together with 19 begins final season, when he recorded a 3.18 ERA. The former Cy Young finalist has battled a number of lat strains, rotator cuff irritation and Tommy John surgical procedure, amongst different accidents, since signing a four-year, $40 million extension in February 2019.
The Yankees exercised a $15 million fifth-year possibility on the deal this previous offseason, a no brainer given the look of the staff’s rotation depth on the time.
In a couple of months, one other choice will include the potential for different suitors to have a say. First, Severino has to rejoin the Yankees this season — he hopes to solely make two rehab begins, however the staff could require extra — however he is aware of free company is on the horizon.
“This is a business. At the end, we don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Severino stated. “Hopefully, I can be here for the rest of my life.”